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According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over 11 million days are lost due to stress at work and you may be surprised to hear that employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress and prevent psychological injury at work. Whoever you work for, a stress risk assessment has to be conducted and acted upon. If you have suffered stress at work, then it may be possible to claim compensation for a psychological injury at work.
An expert from our psychological injury solicitor team will handle your case sympathetically and we will listen to your story, which is why we are experts in psychological injury at work claims. We believe that mental health shouldn’t be any less important than physical injury. Psychological injury can have a devastating effect on a person's wellbeing and can result in not being able to work and possibly a change in career. It can be tricky, at times, to prove work-related psychological injuries claims but you can rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure a successful conclusion to your case. We’re here to take mental health injury at work seriously.
If you have suffered psychological injuries, such as stress and depression, due to work, then contact our expert psychological injuries solicitors today on 0161 696 6235.
Work-related psychological injury claims
The HSE defines work-related stress as "stress that is caused or made worse by work. It simply refers to when a person perceives the work environment in such a way that his or her reaction involves feelings of an inability to cope. It may be caused by perceived or real pressures/deadlines/threats/anxieties within the working environment.”
Causes of psychological injuries at work can include:
- Work overload
- Lack of control
- Unpredictable hours, inflexible work schedules and unsociable hours
- Poor relationships with colleagues, superiors, social or physical isolation
- Career stagnation, under or over-promotion
- Poor pay
- Job insecurity
- Unclear role
- Harassment and discrimination
This is by no means a comprehensive list, and there may be other factors which can lead to a psychological injury at work. Organisations can minimise stress at work by conducting risk assessments and acting on their outcome. Work stress tends to lead to common psychological injuries at work such as:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Occupational stress
If your employer knew there was a risk of a mental injury at work and they did nothing to prevent or reduce the risk, then you may be able to claim compensation. Contact a Stephensons psychological injury solicitor today.
Psychological injuries at work compensation
Psychological injury at work can be life-changing, it may result in prolonged time off work, feeling like you can no longer carry on in your job or career or not being able to work altogether. In serious cases, it may even lead to suicidal thoughts, self-harming or even result in you taking your own life. To deal with work-related stress, employees may have to undergo therapy. If it is possible to prove that your psychological injury is caused by work, then the compensation your psychological injury solicitor asks for can help pay for:
- Private mental health treatment – avoiding NHS delays
- Rehabilitation or therapy that may not be available on the NHS
A psychological injury at work compensation calculation can also include:
- Loss of earnings – including loss of future earnings if you cannot return to work
- Out of pocket expenses – this can include transport costs, cost of treatment and other miscellaneous expenses. Make sure you always keep your receipts
- Loss of enjoyment – such as not being able to do day to day activities or sports you once loved
- Injury to feelings
- Aggravated damages – you can claim if your employer has behaved particularly badly in a situation
As psychological injury at work claims fall under personal injury law, you will only have three years to claim, starting after the date of knowledge of your injuries. So, don’t delay! A psychological injury solicitor from our team has plenty of experience of dealing with work-related psychological injuries compensation and mental injury at work and will help to negotiate the best settlement possible. Speak to our expert psychological injury at work solicitors today on 0161 696 6235. We work on a no win, no fee basis, so if your case is not successful then you won't have to pay a penny.
Can I claim industrial psychological injuries compensation if someone has taken their own life?
There is no easy answer to this question, there have been very few successful cases where an employer has been forced to pay compensation for an employee who has taken their own life as a result of mental injury at work. However, if it can be proved the employer could have reasonably foreseen that an employee might take their own life as a result of psychological injuries at work and nothing was done about it, then you may have a case. This is a complex area of law that is evolving currently. If you think your loved one's employer led to their suicide, and want to know more about getting compensation for a psychological injury at work, then contact our Legal 500 recommended injury lawyer today.
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